Wanted: 7 young N.L. women to promote 'equal voice' in Parliament
Daughters of the Vote project will see women aged 18-23 go to Ottawa next March
Seven young Newfoundland and Labrador women will get a chance to walk the halls of Parliament in Ottawa next year, through a program designed to get them involved in the male-dominated world of politics.
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Daughters of the Vote is a project of Equal Voice, an Canadian organization that strives to get more women elected at all levels of politics.
The group is inviting women from the ages of 18 to 23 to apply to be one of 338 who will go to Ottawa in March 2017 to sit in the seats of their local members of Parliament. One young woman will be chosen from every federal riding in the country to "represent their community and to communicate their vision for Canada."
With seven seats in the federal legislature, that means seven women from Newfoundland and Labrador will be picked to go.
'Aggressive action' needed
Lynn Hammond of Equal Voice Newfoundland and Labrador says the project is meant to mark that women have been participating in Canadian political life for about 100 years now — and to also acknowledge that at the current rate it will be another century before women reach parity with men as Members of Parliament.
"The percentage of increase in the last federal election was one per cent. With an election every four years we are looking at about another 100 years " she told CBC's St. Johns Morning Show.
"So we have to take aggressive action, and part of that means providing opportunities for young women to learn about politics, to see young people active in politics and really consider their potential for participating in policy."
Hammond says Equal Voice's national office will pick the women to go to Ottawa, and is looking for diversity in their backgrounds. She insists applicants do not need to be political junkies or even politically involved; they just need an interest in helping their communities.
The deadline for applying is Thursday, June 30, and those interested can do so at www.daughtersofthevote.ca.
With files from St. John's Morning Show